That’s not grandstanding—it’s handstanding. Circus performers join the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.

HOLIDAY FARE Circus jugglers, aerialists, and strongmen (many former Cirque du Soleil performers) accompany the Seattle Symphony in the popular Holiday Pops with Cirque de la Symphonie program at Benaroya Hall. Dec 2-5.

Wassailing just got serious. More than 40 caroling teams compete for bragging rights in the annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition, Friday at Westlake Center.

VISUAL ART If you’re a Bank of America cardholder, you get free access to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), the Wing Luke Museum, the Northwest African American Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum this weekend. There’s an Impressionism exhibit calling your name… (read more here).

CONCERTS Where to start…On Friday, Stumptown’s psychedelic rockers the Dandy Warhols are at Showbox at the Market, and Mad Rad‘s throwing a CD release party at Neumos. On Saturday, Redhook Brewery holds its Rad Winter Party at the Crocodile with the Blue Scholars, and Sub Pop artists Shabazz Palaces, Mudhoney, and more team up for the Benefit for Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation at Showbox at the Market. (UPDATED 12/3/10. Oops, how could I forget Mountain at ACT? Allow me 11 top picks this weekend; it’s been a long week, we deserve it.) Find out more about these concerts here.

DANCE At On the Boards, local choreographer and founder of 33 Fainting Spells Dayna Hanson debuts Gloria’s Cause, a dance-heavy rock performance that explores the high- and lowlights of the Revolutionary War. Dec 2-5.

BOOK SIGNING Olympian. Dancer. Man about town? (Perhaps.) Now Apolo Ohno can add “best-selling author” to his already impressive resume. He’s at Elliott Bay Books tonight at 8.

FILM The BANFF Mountain Film Festival — known for its adrenaline-pumping docs about rock climbers, base jumpers, and people following caribou across tundras — has already kicked off (and sold out in Seattle). But the Olympia and Tacoma events are still selling tickets. As an alternative, you can watch James Franco try to cut himself loose from a boulder in Danny Boyle’s gut-wrenching 127 Hours, showing at local theaters.

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